Zero Net Energy Schools Awards and Recognition

October 25, 2016
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California is leading in the transformation of K-12 and community colleges to zero net energy (ZNE) performance.  To recognize leading schools, districts and individuals, the first-ever California ZNE school awards and recognition program has been launched.

ZNE schools are high-performance buildings that combine energy efficiency and renewable resources to produce at least as much energy as they consume annually. To honor early innovation and leadership in this market, the state’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and other agencies are launching a ZNE awards and recognition program to showcase the people, buildings and policies that are driving this new standard for school environments.

There are three categories of awards:

ZNE Leadership Award—Honoring the champions, both individuals who inspire others on the path to ZNE and project teams that work effectively together to achieve ZNE goals.

Outstanding Buildings Award—Spotlighting ZNE verified, ZNE emerging and ultra-low energy projects at K-12 schools and community college campuses.

Visionary School District Award—Recognizing both large and small districts that have created policies, programs, or plans that results in larger scale advancement of zero energy buildings.

Participation is open to individuals, teams, champions, school campuses and districts involved in a ZNE project. To be eligible, applicants must have demonstrated how their project is achieving or on track to achieve ZNE performance or is providing leadership and a model for others to learn.

The submission deadline for the 2016 awards was October 3, 2016.

Winners will be announced during a Leadership Awards reception on November 2 during the 2016 Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit in Pasadena, CA.

For more details, visit the New Buildings Institute awards page.

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